When buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle, there is a great deal to consider and that can be daunting! Take a look at today's blog where we are going to outline the 3 main aspects you should consider when buying your next wheelchair accessible car and how we can help you every step of the way!
There are always a lot of things to take into consideration when buying a used car; there’s model, mileage, age, engine size, fuel type and so on, that’s pretty standard. So when it comes to purchasing a wheelchair accessible car, all of these same things have to be considered and more.
It can be daunting if it is your first wheelchair accessible car or you’re looking for a new one, it can be tricky to know where to begin.
Today we’re going to outline the 3 vital aspects to consider when buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle that will make it most suitable for you.
Top 3 aspects to consider when buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle...
The size of the vehicle is perhaps the one thing that can not be compromised when it comes to buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle. If the car is not big enough to accommodate the wheelchair and its user, it simply is not fit for purpose. You also need to think about comfortability and whether there is enough space around the legs and head for all passengers to travel comfortably. Equally, how many passengers must the car be able to seat all together.
It is good practice to measure your, or the passenger’s, wheelchair so that you know how much room is required as a bare minimum. There are standardised wheelchair measurements but wheelchairs can of course vary in size.
Our expert team are more than happy to help if you are struggling to understand what size wheelchair accessible car you might need or would like help taking measurements of your wheelchair. Contact us today.
2. Position of the wheelchair user
Another vital aspect to consider about your next wheelchair accessible vehicle, is where in the car does the wheelchair need to be. Is the wheelchair user the driver or passenger of the car? If they are the driver then one of our Drive From Wheelchair vehicles is the option to choose. If they are the passenger, they can choose to be seated upfront or in the back. At this point it comes down to individual needs and preferences.
At WAVS4U we cater for both circumstances, whether you are the driver of the car or the passenger. Take a look in our showroom to see if there are any WAVs that suit your needs.
Finally, we have the Brand of the wheelchair accessible vehicle. This aspect can be very important for some and totally irrelevant to others, but either way we have made sure that all of our customers have the option. We stock wheelchair accessible vehicle models from Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Ford and Volkswagen. This means you have the freedom to choose; you might have heard great things or read incredible reviews about a certain manufacturer or perhaps have a great history with one and wouldn’t like to stray from them.
We always suggest doing your own research into this, as afterall the car is going to be yours and needs to fit the requirements and expectations you have for your wheelchair accessible vehicle.
One thing you don’t need to worry about is location, as we are based in the North East of England but will deliver your vehicle, free of charge, anywhere within the UK for a hassle free transition.
We do understand that buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle can be a struggle as there really is quite a lot to consider and of course you want it to be right. Our friendly team are always happy to pick up any enquiries or questions you may have about your next purchase and can also advise you on anything you may be unsure about. If you would like help choosing your next wheelchair accessible vehicle, please contact us today!